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US, Canada Agree To New West Coast Salmon Treaty

Updated 4:29 p.m. Sept. 17, 2018

US and Canadian salmon managers have reached a new 10-year agreement on Chinook harvest and conservation, one that must still be approved in the countries’ capitals but calls for reduced northern interceptions when runs are poor.

GUIDE BOB REES NETS A CHINOOK AT BUOY 10. SALMON RETURNS TO THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA WOULD SEE ADDITIONAL PROTECTIONS WHILE TRANSITING NORTHERN WATERS DURING YEARS OF LOWER RUNS. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Fisheries off Southeast Alaska would be cut as much as 7.5 percent from 2009-15 levels in those years, while those off the west coast of Vancouver Island would be pruned up to 12.5 percent.

Those are key areas that Washington- and Columbia River-bound kings travel through during their ocean sojourn and a bone of contention for managers at all levels.

“I think that thorniness is why it took the countries two and a half years and numerous negotiation sessions,” said John Field, the executive secretary of the Pacific Salmon Commission.

The update to the international treaty would run from Jan. 1, 2019 through 2028 and be in effect down to Cape Falcon, Oregon. It also covers chums, sockeye, pinks and coho.

Field termed the section on Chinook a “long and complicated chapter” and said that all parties are acknowledging that the species isn’t recovering as well as we’d like, so the burden of harvest cuts is being spread out.

According to Governor Jay Inslee’s office, “Fisheries in Washington will remain tightly constrained unless runs exceed management objectives.”

Alaska salmon managers report that Washington and Oregon fisheries could see reductions from 5 to 15 percent.

Washington’s member of the salmon commission, Phil Anderson, the retired WDFW director, said the plan would “create a better future for salmon in Washington.”

Field, who counts himself as a sports fishermen, said that fellow anglers can rest assured that Chinook management will be improved with “augmentations” in the treaty, including improved tagging for mark-selective fisheries, a 10-year schedule to upgrade monitoring of “sentinel” stocks and a review after five years to see if the reductions are actually yielding better king runs.

The importance of Chinook has been in the spotlight of late with the plight of southern resident killer whales and the likely death of yet another one, J50.

According to Inslee’s office, US salmon commissioners will seek out more money from Washington DC for habitat and hatchery work.

“Additional federal funding is essential in order to make the key conservation work possible to recover salmon, and in turn, our orca,” Inslee said.

“Successful updates to the Pacific Salmon Treaty through 2028 will help ensure long-term sustainable and healthy salmon populations that are vital to the people of the Pacific Northwest, and to the entire ecosystem,” said Oregon Governor Kate Brown in a press release.

 

The Main Lodge– Anvik Lodge

The Main Lodge

The hand-hewn spruce log lodge is 6,000 square feet & houses up to 14 guests in five interior rooms & one cabin. The interior rooms open out onto the hub of the lodge’s activity – a large great room with vaulted ceilings & big picture windows that look right out onto the river. The great room is complete with fly-tying station, wood stove, comfy couches & chairs, bar area and a huge rustic dining table where our guests enjoy dining & socializing with one another. Imagine not seeing anyone else besides our staff & the other lodge guests during your whole stay.

A portion of the main lodge is an original homesteader’s cabin that has been converted into kitchen, pantry and your host’s family quarters.

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Fishing at the Anvik River Lodge

Here’s what Rene Limeres & Gunnar Pedersen have to say about the Anvik River – in their #1 Selling Book on Fishing Alaska, written by Alaska’s top guides, ALASKA FISHING THE ULTIMATE ANGLER’S GUIDE –

“Not too many folks know of the Anvik River of western Alaska; fewer have fished it. But it is one of the most important fish producing tributaries of the entire Yukon, and can offer a high-quality angling adventure for a variety of species, with virtually no fishing pressure. Like many Yukon & Kuskokwim drainages, it has a slow, wide meandering lower section (with good pike & sometimes even sheefish available), with the best conditions for salmon, char and grayling angling in the clearer, swifter upper sections.”

They list the highlight of the Anvik River as being “One of the Yukon River’s major fish producers, with under-utilizied sport fishing potential.”

Whether you are a novice or a seasoned angler, fly-fisher or spin caster, you’ll have the time of your life reeling in pacific Salmon, Northern Pike, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden and Arctic Grayling all on the Anvik River. Your guide will take you by jet boat to the hottest fishing you can imagine. We’ve got this entire gin clear river to ourselves so there’s no need to fly out to other rivers to find fish or escape the crowds.

Since the Anvik River is shallow enough to wade and we have almost 24 hours of day-light you can fish right in front of the lodge, unguided, from the docks or shoreline until late in the evening if you wish.

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Bear Essentials Lodge– Anchor Point, Alaska

Located in the Heart of the Kenai Peninsula
Tall Tree Road
Anchor Point, Alaska

(Mile post 149.5 on the Sterling Highway 1)


Bear Essentials Lodge is a rustic lodge located in Anchor Point, Alaska. We are in a remote location surrounded by the beauty of Alaska views, scenery, and wildlife.

Our Alaskan Lodging is located minutes away from fishing, hunting, clamming,  sightseeing, hiking, wildlife photography, and many other Alaskan adventures and activities that Alaska is famous for.

 

  • We offer clean comfortable rooms at very reasonable rates. 
  • Our rates vary by season, duration of stay,
    and the number of guests. 
  • Stay one night, several nights, or longer.
    Extended stay discounts apply.  

 

Bear Essentials Lodging is open year round.

The 2016 Annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby will be starting soon!

The Jackpot Halibut Derby offers great prizes in a variety of categories.

Be sure to book your rooms early for the 2016 Events!

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My name is Ken Scofield, your host and guide to a Great Alaskan Adventure.

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Our goal is to provide a long lasting, memorable Alaskan experience. One you’ll be telling your friends about for years.

Ayakulik Adventures in Alaska

Whether you want spectacular salmon fishing or Kodiak brown bear viewing – or both! – Ayakulik Adventures in Kodiak, Alaska, has what you’re looking for. Amy Fredette of Ayakulik Adventures has been guiding on the Ayakulik River since 1992. Let Amy and her professional staff introduce you to an Alaskan adventure of a lifetime here on Kodiak Island! Inline image 1

The Ayakulik River is home to the world famous Kodiak brown bear. With an abundant and endless run of salmon entering the river June through September, high concentrations of bears take advantage of this rich food source. A dream come true for all photographers! Photograph and view the bears fishing at the mouth of the river as salmon enter from the ocean waters, and along the river’s shoreline following the salmon as they continue upstream. With the lodge being located directly on the river, bear viewing is literally “right outside the front door!”

Inline image 1If you’re in the mood to wet your line, salmon fishing is king. The Ayakulik River receives the first run of salmon on Kodiak Island with the arrival of sockeye salmon in mid-May. This is a long and continuous fish run lasting until the first part of September. It is a truly unique fish run, boasting a yearly average of 300,000 sockeye. King salmon enter the Ayakulik June through July, while pink salmon enter mid-July to the beginning of September. Silver salmon enter mid-August through the month of September.

Here’s a better look at the fish species in the Ayakulik River:

?KING SALMON: The king salmon put up a long hard battle, and take a fly very well. The layout of the Ayakulik River is the best one will find within Alaska for catching these magnificent fish on a fly! The peak dates for kings are June 13 – July 26. Fish size: 15 to 50 lbs.

SILVER SALMON: The silver salmon is a very acrobatic Fish. They hit flies very aggressively and then proceed to leap and dive. They take both wet and top water flies equally. Peak dates for silvers are August 23 – October 4. Fish size: 8 to 20 lbs.

Inline image 2SOCKEYE SALMON: The sockeye salmon are hard fighting and the most delicious fish to eat. The Ayakulik has an excellent continuous run of sockeyes throughout the summer. Peak dates for sockeyes are June 4 to August 29. Fish size: 5 to 15 lbs.

PINK SALMON: The pink salmon, the smallest of the salmon species run in abundant numbers and take flies very well. They can be fished along with sockeyes in late July and August or with silvers in August and September. Peak dates for pinks are July 20 to September 10. Fish size: 2 to 12 lbs.

STEELHEAD TROUT: The steelhead trout have two runs on the Ayakulik. The “out” going run in the summer then the “in” coming run in the fall. Steelhead take both wet and top water flies. All steelhead are catch and release. Peak dates for steelhead are June 4 to June 26 and August 23 to October 4. Fish size: 24 to 48 inches

DOLLY VARDEN/ARTIC CHAR: The dolly varden is a beautiful colored fish with runs through the summer and fall with the most abundant numbers in August and September. Peak dates for Dolly Varden are June 4 to October 4. Fish size: 1 to 6 lbs.?

For more information on Ayakulik Adventures, visit ayakulikadventures.com.